Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….
Chicago (NL) 0
WP: Arroyo (8-4)
LP: Dempster (6-7)
–Wow. A 9-run seventh inning powers the Reds to a laugher of a win over the stupid Cubs. Life is good.
–Only one Red had more than one hit: Jonny Gomes, who was 2-3 with a walk, two doubles, two runs scored, and two RBI.
–Bronson Arroyo pitched six scoreless innings, giving up only two hits.
–Joey Votto hit a long homer and walked twice. The homer was his 19th of the season, which ties Votto for the NL lead. On the season, Votto is hitting .314/.416/.579.
–Logan Ondrusek pitched two perfect innings. The kid has been really good since returning from AAA.
—Do not doubt the 2010 Cincinnati Reds. That’s nine wins in 11 games, five straight road victories. The Reds are one of only two NL teams with a winning record on the road.
–I LOVE beating the Cubs. The seventh inning was the craziest inning I’ve ever seen. One minute, the Reds were up 1-0. About ten minutes — and a million walks — later, it was 10-0.
–Twelve runs on nine hits. You won’t see that every day.
–Dusty Baker Mercy Rule was in effect today. The Reds were up by 10 runs after 6 innings, so Dusty was allowed to put the batboy, Paul Janish, in the game. (Yes, Janish entered the game as a defensive replacement…for Brandon Phillips.)
–I loved the part of the seventh inning where it went: bases-loaded walk (on four pitches), bases-loaded walk, Orlando Cabrera pops out on the first pitch, then another walk.
–If Joey Votto doesn’t make the All-Star team, it will be a disgrace of epic proportions. We should riot in the streets.
–Okay, we’re at the halfway point of the season, and the Reds are 46-35. I don’t need to tell you that that projects out to a 92-70 record on the season. That’s good. Let’s enjoy it!